One thing that even secular history ought to be able to agree on is that Jesus of Nazareth was at the very least a great teacher. Islam and the Koran also recognize him as an esteemed prophet. As an important figure in history, he ultimately suffered and was put to death for how he lived and what he taught.
Part of what he taught us was to baptize those who embrace his teachings as a sign of the new life, empowerment and togetherness those very teachings bring us, especially as a “collective” sharing a common path on life’s journey.
He also taught us to collectively come together in a “Meal of Remembrance” so that we might honor the sacrifice it took (and still takes) to speak truth to power and proclaim liberation from anything and anyone that seeks to deceive or oppress us in this life. Ultimately, it’s a communal meal that exemplifies the oneness we believe we’re created to share as a human family. It serves to help focus us on a common purpose in life (the experience of “Unconditional Love” in its many forms), above and beyond our differences.
So, yes, we embrace these sacramental ideologies when we gather while also acknowledging that each Dinner Gathering will shape its own unique, collective approach for walking together in faith.